WFD supports the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in Uganda to improve people’s awareness of their fundamental rights and duties, and to address the factors that have hindered them from fully enjoying their rights and liberties. Over a decade, FHRI has carried out various paralegal trainings to empower grassroots groups to self advocate; demand their rights and participate in local governance issues within their communities.
Through the project, FHRI has enhanced the organisational capacity of local communities to boldly engage public officials on pertinent issues that affect them and demand accountability especially from their local council representatives and other decision makers within their communities. It has also led to the formation of community based human rights organisations and associations by trained paralegals to act as grassroots advocates for justice, peace, transparency and community (local) administration.
FHRI has also embarked on a series of paralegal trainings that aimed to tackle community issues such as domestic violence; land disputes, property wrangles and inheritance problems; civic education; local governance etc. in an effort to enhance awareness of people's constitutional and legal rights. These trainings have also empowered citizens to effectively lobby, advocate and engage their local leaders on intrinsic human rights issues.
Commenting on the impact of the training on his work, Bikanga, a student of Makarere University said: “I was among those who had been invited to attend the five days paralegal training organised by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Masindi District. I was totally inspired by the people who came to train us. There is no way I could have known the legal knowledge, sit for exams and pass them if it were not for the paralegal training received. Indeed the training gave me focus.”
For more information on our work in Uganda, please contact Marina.Narnor@wfd.org